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Shareware CD-ROMs

One of the most historically important artifacts to come from the home computer telecommunications revolution was shareware CDs, compact discs put out by companies containing hundreds of megabytes of shareware. Initially containing less than the full capacity of the discs (600mb, later 700mb) these items eventually began brimming with any sort of computer data that could be packaged and sold. As material "ran out", that is, as sellers of these CDs found they were unable to easily find shareware programs and files, the hunt began to track down every last file and item that could make the quarterly or monthly quota. As a result, many otherwise-lost pieces of computer history were gathered up in the trawling nets of these individuals and companies and were preserved for future generations.
Some computer bulletin board services would attach banks of CD-ROM drives to their machines to allow users to access the discs, allowing the system operators (SysOps) to claim the BBS had thousands of files available. For this market, CD makers would declare their CDs "BBS Ready", meaning an easily-readable directory of file descriptions was located on the CDs to be read by the BBS software.

While many of the CDs contain shareware programs, a number branched into music, graphics, animations and movies. Additionally, the advent of an internet open to the general public heralded massive collected sets of files which CD makers happily mirrored and made available to the BBS market. Eventually, as operating systems like Linux and FreeBSD became more widely available, CDs were perfect distribution mechanisms for the very large libraries and file collections associated with them.

A number of the initial CD images for this collection came courtesy of the CD BBS of Twin Falls, Idaho, operated by Mark Fugitt (sysop) and Mike Laybourn (remote sysop). The system used a Harris 286 CPU operating at 20MHZ, two 65 Megabit Seagate RLL hard drives and a Dennon CD player that used a "cart" to hold the CD. The BBS was started using RBBS software, a single phone line with 2400 baud modem and a shareware CD.

Additional donations of CD-ROMs have come from Erik Pederson, Peter Simpson, Chuck Gilbert, Koos van den Hout, MCbx, Jason Scott, Tim Hazel, and others.

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A shareware demo disc including versions of two FPS-style games from Capstone Software: William Shatner's Tekwar (mistakenly called "Tekwars" on some of the packaging) and Witchaven. Although the file timestamps on this CD-ROM appear to have been overwritten in its creation, the file hashes for the demo EXE files indicate that they match the following demo version dates: Tekwar - 1995-08-15 Witchaven - 1995-07-21
Topics: games, DOS, shareware, demo, CD-ROM, Capstone Software, Tekwar, Witchaven, Tekwars, William Shatner
Impatica for Powerpoint Blackberry Edition (Early Access) (Show Special) (Fall 2004)
System Administrator Incident Preparation and Reponse (SAPIR NT) Version 1.1 (July 1999)
Stamps.Com Startup Disk Mailing and Shipping Made Easy (Stamps.com) (2005)
Business Owner's Tax Savings and Financing Deskbook 2000 (Harcourt, Inc.) (1999)
Information Assurance for Auditoris and Evaluators (Version 1.04) (Unclassified) (October 1998)
InoculateIT Workgroup Advanced Editions Trial Copy (Computer Associates) (1999)
Introduction to CIRT Management Version 1.0 (May 2001)
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Pathways Collision Estimating (Volume 3) (1999)
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Title Wave Family PC Card Studio (Uniloc)
Dolomite Interactive Skier's Travel Guide (Varix) (Media Odyssey) (1995)
The Rift Preview Build 39 Throughwave Technology (Confidential) (1999)
New Telecom Media The Net (Delotte and Touche) (1996)
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Nimax Product and Price Guide 2000 (CD Edition)
Banzi Bug The Flight Sim with an Attitude Demo Sampler (Grolier) (1998)
Perl Your Visual Blueprint for Building Perl Scripts (IDG Books) (2000)
Docbue Provox Electronic Documentation Library Rev P99.1 (Fisher Rosemount Systems) (January 1999)
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Key Action Traveler (SoftKey) (1993)
Operational Infomation Systems Security Volume 1 (Unclassified) Version 1.1 (August 1998)
Case Western Reserve University Annual Fund (2005)
Component Source Promotional CD #14 (November 1997)
A Visual Tour Computer Associates Enterprise Management Solutions (Version 1.0) (Computer Associates)
EZ Est EZNet Communication Network (February 1999)
Unicenter TNG A Visual Tour (Computer Associates) (1998)
Critical Infrastructure Protection Version 1.0 (Unclassified) (December 2003)
Aliens Versus Predator 2 Demo (20th Century Fox) (2001)
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Autoshow In Motion (GM) (General Moters) (2003)
Air Tue Tools High Speed Spindles and Hand Tools (CE)
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Interactive Entertainment Ede 8 (CD Magazine)
Infobusiness Presents the Mega Movie Guide (TV Data Syndicate) (1992)
Showbiz Directory (Year 2005) (2nd Quarter) (Entertainment Publishers) (2004)
DiscoverEcon 3.0 Software Tutorial (Gerald C. Nelson) (McGraw Hill) (1999)
Hoffman Electronic Product Selector v1.1 (Hoffman) (1998)
The Interactive Guide to Effective Presentations (Lakewood Publications) (1997)
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Exceeding Your Expectations (Taasc Force) (1998)
Q4 2002 Artwork (Sony Computer Entertainment of America) (2002)
A Guide to Multimedia Super Show and Tell (Ask Me) (1994)
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The Mobile Advantage (Intel) (2000)
Auto Show in Motion Interactive CD (General Motors Corporation) (2004)
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by P.I.E.
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The Best Internet Programs. Subtitled: "Got to have" Internet goodies (their quotes). A collection of shareware Windows programs from 1996. Compatible with Windows 3.1 and Windows 95.
Topics: shareware, collection, windows 95, windows 3.1, windows software
HP Application Server An HP Netaction Product (Version 8.0) (5012 0031) (HP) (2001)
Pacific Bell Internet Services Insert, Click and Go! (COMM404c) (1995)
Information Assurance for Auditors and Evaluators Version 1.04 (October 1998)
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CYBER.XPO.95 (Arsenal Computer)
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Directory USA Version 3.0 (Parsons Technology)
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by Advantage Plus
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The Education Master, developed by Advantage Plus. Quoting from the disc: math, spelling, biology, language, history, chemistry, astronomy, games and over 1400 shareware programs. Both DOS and Windows programs are included.
Topics: advantage plus, education, edutainment, shareware, windows, windows 3.1, windows 95, windows 9x,...
Camada Business and Residential Listings Deluxe (Pro CD) (1997)
The American Business Phone Book (American Business Information) (1991)
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EZ Est July 1999 (July 1999)
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Synthesis Solutions (Exemplar Logic) (1997)
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EZ Est May 1999 (May 1999)
Cards and Puzzles (Show and Go) (Lasersoft) (1995)
Full Spectrum An Interactive Guide to Color Printers (Tektronix) (1995)
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ESPN Coaching Tips (Intellimedia) (1994)
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PC Library (Allegro) (MPC) (1993)
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The "best of internet" collection no.3 from PC Collector. This is the second of three discs included with the magazine. The first one is also uploaded (PC Collector - 80 Demos Jouables). Unfortunately, the third CD has gotten lost. For Windows 3.1, Windows 95 or DOS. French language.
Topics: pc collector, shareware, windows software, dos software, windows 3.1, windows 95
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Next Generation DRAMs (CMP Publications)(1995)
AT&T WorldNet Service Plus and Blockbuster (AT&T) 2001)
Directory USA Version 3.0 (Parsons Technology) (Disk 4) (1997)
JCSM Shareware Collection (September 30th 1995 Author to Vendor Edition) (JCS Distribution)
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Interactive Entertainment Ede 7 (1994)
Software of the Month Club (June 1998) (250 Business Shareware)
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SweetSource (McGraw Hill) (Fall 1995)
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Sports Image World Cup 1994 (SoftKey) (1994)
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Lunatik Version 100 180 G3D025 100 (ATI) (1998)
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The Hive Demo Trimark Interactive (1995)
ToorCon 8 Polymorphic Shellcode at a Glance Vlad Tsyrklevicht (2006)
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Nautilus Nitro (MPC) (1992)
Holopix Windows A New Dimension In Screen Savers (SoftKey) (1995)